The Purcellville Council last night met in closed session to review the qualifications of 10 residents who applied to fill a vacant seat on the council until a special election is held May 3.
After a 20-minute discussion, council members emerged to announce their choice of four applicants to be interviewed on Feb. 16.
Those selected were: Eamon McAdoo Coy, Melanie Fuller, Amanda Athilia Kadilak and James O. Wiley. Also, Ronald B. Rise Jr. was selected as an alternate, should any of the others not be available for interviews that day.
Coy serves as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He has lived in town since 2009 and believes that the mission of local government is to simultaneously nurture the town’s history and bring new ideas and methods to local governance.
Fuller, who has lived in town since 2006, serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals and is a past member of the town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee. Fuller says that experience has given her a good understanding of how government works and of the collaborative efforts needed to bring all parties to consensus.
Kadilak has lived in town since 2006. Although this is her first foray into local government, Kadilak has spent most of her professional career in the federal government relations arena, representing municipalities across the country on policy issues. She describes herself as a forward-thinking fiscal conservative.
Retired dentist James O. “Doc” Wiley has lived in town for more than 50 years. He served on the Purcellville Town Council for two terms, during which his was an influential voice on budget and planning issues. Previously he served as a long-tenured member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. He also served on the town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Alternate candidate, Ronald B. Rise Jr. graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and his first job was at Nichols Hardware. An operations manager and software engineer in the aviation industry, Rise works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding regulatory interpretation and compliance.
Others who sought the interim appointment were: Raul George Aramayo, Ryan James Cool, Kelli Grim, Marcos A. Salinas, and Rebecca Elizabeth Evans Visna.
The council is filling the seat vacated by the Jan. 12 resignation of Vice Mayor Ben Packard, who is moving out of town.